HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2011) — Costa Cruises earned top
honors in the Best Mediterranean Itineraries and Best Africa/Middle
East Itineraries categories in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2011 Readers’
Choice Awards. This is the third consecutive year Costa won for its
Africa/Middle East itineraries and the second consecutive year the line
topped the Mediterranean itineraries category.
For the past 13 years, Porthole Cruise Magazine — one of the world’s
leading cruise travel publications — has held the annual awards to
honor the best in the cruise industry and destinations as voted and
determined by thousands of the publication’s readers.
“The fact that we have won consecutive awards in these categories is a
testament to the consistency of the Costa product and service,” said
Maurice Zarmati, president and CEO of Costa Cruises North America.
“Porthole Cruise Magazine’s discerning readers recognize the value and
uniquely Italian style cruising that have made Costa Europe’s leading
As Europe’s leading cruise line, Costa has a prominent presence in the
Mediterranean cruising the region year-round. In 2011, 13 Costa ships
visited the Mediterranean, calling at destinations in Italy, France,
Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. In
2012 all 16 ships, including Costa Fascinosa — which debuts in May —
sail throughout the Mediterranean to more than 50 ports in the region.
In 2006 Costa Cruises became the first cruise company to offer regular
itineraries in the Middle East, with seven-day United Arab Emirate
cruises using Dubai as homeport. In 2011, it solidified its leadership
role in the U.A.E. market by deploying its newest flagship, Costa
Favolosa, there for the 2011-12 season, making it the largest and
most advanced ship ever deployed in the Middle East.
Costa Favolosa will make 58 port calls in the U.A.E. during winter
2011-12 sailing the Arabian Gulf. The seven-night cruises call at
Dubai, U.A.E.; Muscat, Oman; Fujairah and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and
For more than 60 years Costa Cruises’ ships have sailed worldwide,
offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine, while
providing holidays focused on fun and relaxation. The line’s 14 ships
visit 250 destinations throughout the Mediterranean, northern Europe,
the Baltic, Caribbean, South America, United Arab Emirates, Far East
and Indian Ocean. Two new ships are on order from Fincantieri for
delivery in 2012 and 2014.